So I've been meaning to blog or journal about this for the last two weeks, but it hasn't happened. We are now starting the third week of Lent, and there are some things that I want to do over the next five weeks as we get ready for Pascha (Easter). First, some things I want to cut back on.
1. Cut down on TV
I am a total TV addict. I just love TV and I watch way too much of it. My original Lenten goal was to not watch TV the first two weeks and then evaluate what to do for the remainder of Lent. This did not go well! I caved the second day of Lent. So my goal, as of right now, is to watch no TV for the next seven days and then re-evaluate next Sunday.
2. Cut down on social media
I only use Facebook, and, quite frankly, not that much. I am trying to wean myself off. It just sucks me in. Does it seem that way to you too? I want to check my Facebook once per day, in the evening before I go to bed, and give myself a time limit of 30 minutes on it. I can set the alarm on my phone to do that. I think that sounds doable.
Now here are some things that I want to do more of:
1. Read more
I love to read, but watching TV has taken over my reading time, and I really need to reverse that trend. I started reading "Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica," and I really want to spend at least 30 minutes a day focused on reading. I also want to read my Bible more, along with the lives of the saints.
2. Craft more
Crafting is so fun, but, again, TV seems to suck all my time away that I would normally craft. I am in the process of making cards for some people, and I'm going to do more of that tonight and tomorrow. I also have wanted to learn to embroider for a long time (I cross stitch and needlepoint). So, I want to make a Pascha basket cover. I found a simple pattern at Catherine's Pascha dot com. I need to buy fabric, a frame, and thread, so I want to do that tomorrow while I am out running errands. Here's what the basket cover will look like:
Pretty, right? And it looks fairly easy. A friend of mine from church wants to learn how to embroider too, so I sent her a message, and maybe it can be something we learn together. If I'm going to make a Pascha basket cover, that means I will make a basket of food to be blessed at the church on Pascha. I need to research some more on what goes into the basket, but it looks like things like eggy bread, cheese, meats, eggs, butter, chocolate, and all sorts of other goodies that we don't eat during Lent. I like this tradition, though not many people in my church follow it, so I think I should! It will give me something to do during all the time I'm not watching TV!
3. Pray more
Who doesn't need to do this? I am so bad about keeping a prayer rule, and I really just need to put away my excuses and set aside 20 minutes every morning and night to do this. I used to be very good about this, when I was newly Orthodox. But, then I fell off the wagon... My goal is to get up and do it first thing in the morning before I get distracted by the world, and then to do it after dinner when I'm settling down.
So those are my Lenten goals. I have five more weeks to accomplish them.